BBC R&D

Broadcast and Connected Systems section

Broadcast & Connected Systems primarily focuses on how BBC content reaches our viewers through broadcast and Internet delivery. This involves the whole broadcast chain from playout, through coding and distribution to consumption on the end-user's device. Our work typically covers a period from now through to 3 years out from deployment.

Our approach is to ensure that international open standards support the future requirements of the BBC and consequently we represent the BBC in bodies such as DVB, ITU-R, MPEG and SMPTE. We work closely with other UK broadcasters and with industry groups such as DTG on the development of the UK D-Book and Digital UK and do so internationally with the EBU. We often help the BBC joint venture activities such as Freeview, Freesat and YouView. We provide the BBC with engineering expertise across all issues of content delivery - for instance picture quality measurement - and will often take our work to closed or public trial trial stage. Whilst broadcast remains an important part of our work, a lot of what we do relates to Internet delivery and the opportunities it offers for new services and features.

Our range of work covers equipment and codec evaluation, service information and metadata, Ultra High Definition and High Dynamic Range TV, interactive technologies such as HbbTV, companion screens, adaptive bitrate delivery and content distribution over the Internet and CDNs. We also look at the sustainability issues created by the adoption of new technology.

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